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What I Wore: Button up

25th July, 2017

One of the best things about fashion is being able to experiment with different looks and and working with interesting pieces and putting my own spin on them. The moment I saw this bustier and pants set by Christopher Esber I envisioned it being able to echo the silhouette of a suit by layering the bustier over a mesh skivvy with statement cuffs. With a little experimentation with layering I was able to completely rework the vibe of the outfit and is testament to the fact that it pays to sometimes throw unexpected combinations together as it may lead to an unexpected new look. I love the oversized buttons on the bustier as it really gives the ensemble a point of difference and adds a touch of playfulness to the edgy tailoring of the outfit. Versatility is always important to me and I love the fact that each of these pieces can work separately as cohesively as it does as a set. From top to toe it can transition from now right through to summer, becoming the lynchpin for many a different look.

Credits: Top, Christopher Esber; Mesh skivvy, Christopher Esber; Pants, Christopher Esber (skirt version); Sunglasses, Local Supply

Photography: Sophia Athas

 

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What I Wore: Think Pink

11th July, 2017

Kate Waterhouse kowtow dress dusty pink

It was the gorgeous dusty pink hue of this dress that first caught my eye. I was in the mood for an ultra feminine look and this dress provided the perfect foundation. I wanted to give the dress an unexpected twist so I decided to layer it with a sheer cuffed Christopher Esber shirt which in turn gave it a slightly more fashion forward feel. To give the look a more daytime casual vibe I paired it with silver Gucci sneakers to help ground the outfit. I wanted my accessories to have some interesting detail to it so I opted for a half moon shaped Helen Kaminski clutch and my POMS sunglasses which is adorned with a crystal attachment on the arms for a truly unique feel.

Credits: Dress, Kowtow; Top, Christopher Esber; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Helen Kaminski; Sunglasses, POMS

Photography: Sophia Athas 

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

10th July, 2017

If you’ve been feeling less than inspired by your wardrobe of late then it’s time to hit refresh and inject some new energy into your style. Scrolling through Instagram can often result in an outfit idea or two so when you’re dealing with 12 of the ‘Gram’s best looks in the one spot then you can bet that inspiration is guaranteed to strike.

This heavenly Chanel jacket does all the right things but even if you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spare to nab a similar piece you can bet that you can still source some inspiration from this look. A pair of casual cropped wide leg pants can look dressed up with the addition of a long length tailored jacket (note: anything in a gorgeous cream shade instantly looks elegant and oh-so chic).

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A button down shirt dress makes for the perfect off duty look when it sports an off the shoulder neckline. The checked print gives the look some pep while simple white sneakers help ground the look.

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This is a lesson in how vibrant colour can instantly elevate a look. A simple pair of jeans and black top can look less everyday attire when it’s paired with a vibrant cape (you could even substitute this with button down maxi dress) and a golden bag that immediately makes a statement.

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Transition one of last summer’s most popular looks of a slip dress and white tee by swapping it for some winter appropriate variations instead. Swap the short sleeves for a long sleeved shirt and instead of a dress echo a similar silhouette with a black cami or alternatively a jumpsuit with spaghetti straps could work just as well.

If you don’t yet own a statement belt then now is the time to make it a must-have. A black belt with a bold buckle can turn a simple piece such as a denim skirt (or jeans) from good to great.

A pair of pointed mules is a sophisticated alternative to heels this season. It can instantly turn a casual outfit combination of a white shirt and jeans into something classic and polished. Try venturing from trusty black and try a pair of mules in jewelled tones such as navy and burgundy to really make an outfit pop.

Camel tones look great when paired with denim a la Olivia Palermo. Also this winter why not explore a pair of statement jeans to turn an style staple into something that’s a little more of the moment.

The bomber jacket is a popular winter topper so it’s definitely one way to inject a bit of zest to a look. When in an eye-catching print it becomes the centrepiece of an outfit and is an easy way to turn an otherwise ordinary look into something special.

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A simple dress can instantly be elevated with the addition of strong accessories. In this case whilst the bag and shoes both provide a point of interest, keeping them in the same colour palette helps keep the look cohesive whilst simultaneously making the look pop.

Think outside the box when it comes to wearing a winter knit. In this case pairing it with a ruby red pleated skirt makes for a cosy, yet elegant combination.

Over the knee boots are one of the popular shoe trends of the season (I live in mine) and whilst it can easily look dressed down there’s something to be said about going all out and pairing it with a dress with a strong silhouette and having a real look-at-me moment.

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Consider this your casual uniform. A crew neck tee tucked into a pair of straight leg high waisted jeans is the kind of look that can have you feeling pulled together without compromising on comfort.

 

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What I Wore: Chanel at Marais

20th June, 2017
Kate Waterhouse Chanel at Marais boutique launch Melbourne balmain blazer bec and bridge chanel bag 8

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the gorgeous new Chanel at Marais ephemeral boutique in Melbourne and of course, any event that involves such an stylish and iconic brand requires a sleek and chic evening look. I opted for a slinky satin Bec & Bridge dress with a thigh high split to bring a touch of glamour to my outfit. To help the champagne hue of the dress to take centre stage I paired it with black accessories—my Balmain blazer provided a structured counterpoint to the fluid nature of the dress and my Balenciaga ankle boots helped ground the ensemble. And what else to wear at the opening of Chanel at Marais than a piece from the label itself. I wore my favourite Chanel quilted bag to carry my essentials for the night and pay homage to the inimitable fashion house we were celebrating.

Credits: Dress, Bec & Bridge; Blazer, Balmain; Boots, Balenciaga; Bag, Chanel
Photography: Danielle Castano
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Max Mara x The Woolmark Company

17th June, 2017

When it comes to my wardrobe I put a premium on buying pieces made from quality fabrics—they last longer and are able to stand up to everyday wear and tear. It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of homegrown Australian merino wool because not only does it have increased softness and warmth it also resists wrinkles (a definite time-saver!). I already incorporate Merino wool quite heavily into my winter wardrobe so I was excited to hear that The Woolmark Company have collaborated with Italian label, Max Mara on its Autumn/Winter 17 range. Several of the pieces are made from 100 per cent Wool Denim fabrics which replicates the look and feel of traditional denim but incorporates all the benefits of wool. Essentially this has merged two fabrics which are in quite heavy rotation in my wardrobe so I was quite eager to view the collection and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to do so.

Upon previewing the range I fell in love with this pants suit and tunic. Suiting is a major trend this season and when crafted in a Wool Denim fabric it elevates a classic staple into something modern by incorporating a touch of denim. When paired with simple accessories it keeps the look sleek and chic and is so perfect for everything from a meeting to an event. Meanwhile the tunic is the ideal year-round piece as not only is it comfortable enough for a busy day of back to back engagements it can easily transition from season to season with a simple change in accessories. The merging of Merino wool and denim has made both pieces unbelievably soft and warm which makes it perfect for getting me through the cooler months and I have to say that I’m excited that I don’t have to go anywhere near an iron to keep them looking pristine. A win-win.

To celebrate the collaboration between Max Mara and The Woolmark Company, the two brands have planned a global roadshow starting from Milan to key cities across the world. You can view the collection in Sydney at Westfield’s Max Mara store on June 20th. 


Credits: Look 1 – Blazer and pants, Max Mara; Top, Sportmax; Coat, Witchery; Boots, Camilla & Marc; Bag, Stella McCartney; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Look 2 – Dress, Max Mara; Coat, Karen Millen; Shoes, Gucci, Bag, Jerome Dreyfuss; Sunglasses, Karen Walker

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post was created in collaboration with Max Mara and The Woolmark Company

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What I Wore: The Statement Sleeve

8th June, 2017

A white shirt is always a style staple in my wardrobe but lately I’ve been stepping away from the classic slimline button down by embracing the statement sleeve. I have found that adopting a different silhouette is a great way to instantly rejuvenate a traditional look and take it in a totally new direction. The flared sleeve on this Tome shirt give this ensemble a more relaxed feel and when paired with light denim and slides, it’s an off-duty look that is polished yet effortless. A simple look needs a punchy accessory and my favourite Gucci Dionysus handbag perfectly fits the bill.

Credits: Jeans, J Brand; Shirt, Tome; Shoes, Gucci; Bag, Gucci

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12 Insta-outfit ideas to steal

1st June, 2017

A brand new month calls for some fresh new outfit inspo! If your wardrobe is leaving you feeling less than inspired let some of the most sartorially blessed ladies of Instagram spark an ensemble idea or two. You’ll be well on your way to styling up a storm.

Heading out for drinks but want to wear something a little different? Try a pair of wide leg jeans worked back with a tee and leather jacket. Pair with killer heels and you’re set.

Give a classic outfit combination such as denim and a button down shirt a slightly more modern spin by pairing with distressed jeans. Also, Franklin is a case study on how to turn a scarf into a statement accessory.

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A white longline blazer is the versatile piece that your wardrobe needs. Whether you choose to wear it with jeans or a simple dress it just works.

A dressy combination of a lightweight knit and cropped trousers is given a more casual treatment by pairing it with black Vans sneakers. It’s a perfect off-duty look that can easily be dressed up by switching into a pair of heels.

Adopt a classic pinstripe shirt but give it a more on trend spin by opting for an interesting neckline. When paired with neutral flats and jeans it allows the shirt to act as a feature point.

Dare to pair different shades of leather in the one look. To keep it looking cohesive just ensure the rest of the outfit uses the same shades as one leather item and let the other one act as a pop of colour.

The off-the-shoulder top is ubiquitous so for something different but still in a similar family to this décolletage-baring look why not opt for a one shoulder top instead? It seems fresh and interesting and works beautifully with a pair of cropped pants and strappy stilettos.

Allow your pants to take centre stage. Case in point: a pair of cropped palazzo pants in a bold colour works well with a plain black top and adorable pointed flats and makes a striking statement.

Experiment with a high-low mix and wear a super dressy piece and pair with an off-duty staple such as a leather jacket. A satin maxi dress looks less red carpet and more dinner-appropriate when a jacket is thrown ever so nonchalantly over it. (Or you could just rock a polka dot monochrome dress a la Minnie!)

Give your black blazer the day off and try it in a tweed incarnation instead. You’ll still look polished but also stand out in a crowd.

An oversized knit is a must during cooler weather but inject a bit of energy into a neutral sweater by teaming it with an animal print.

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Striped cropped pants looks edgy yet polished when paired with a white blouse and sandals in a vibrant shade. A simple boho inspired bag gives this look an effortless feel.

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What I Wore: Black Magic

29th May, 2017

An all-black ensemble is a wardrobe staple for me during winter as it’s guaranteed to always look polished and is in keeping with the moody hues of the season. A no-brainer, right? However due to this reason you can almost guarantee to find yourself amongst a sea of black outfits. The key is making your outfit stand apart. It’s all about finding the centrepiece to your overall look, something that you can build the rest of your outfit around. To do this I find it pays to find a garment with an eye-catching feature that makes it a statement piece that will help you to stand out in the crowd. I spotted this Roksanda Truffaut Bell-Sleeve Top from Farfetch and I knew immediately that it fit the bill. It’s sleek but the sleeves simultaneously give it an avant-garde feel and adds a bit of drama to my outfit.

A statement top with bold details needs to be worked back with a piece with clean lines so as not to overwhelm so I opted to pair it with my favourite LXÉ leather pants. I wanted to keep my entire look all the same colour while adding the right accoutrements to keep it from looking too heavy and dark. For this reason I added accessories with interesting finishing touches in order to add some punch to my get-up. My Saint Laurent Monogram M3 sunglasses are the ultimate in statement eyewear with their gold glitter detail and is the ideal complementary piece to a head-to-toe black look by providing a small pop of colour. I’ve always been a big fan of all things monochrome so my Stella McCartney embroidered star clutch is the ideal bag to carry all my essentials for the day. In keeping with the minimalist nature of my outfit I opted for mini lightning bolt Astley Clarke stud earrings which add a playful touch to my attire while remaining understated. Heels are a must with the dressy nature of this ensemble so my Alaïa studded heels were the perfect way to finish off the look .

Wearing black is my winter go-to (as I’m sure it is for a lot of people) but there’s no need for it to be boring—it’s all in the attention to detail and the right finishing touches.

Credits: Top, Roksanda; Pants, LXÉ; Sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Clutch, Stella McCartney; Earrings, Astley Clarke; Heels, Alaïa

Photography: Sophia Athas

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Steal all my looks from Fashion Week

22nd May, 2017

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has come to an end for another year and without a doubt it’s always a favourite time of year for me partly because of the fun I have styling my looks for the entire week. Each day I tried to go for an outfit that was a completely different vibe from the day before and had a great time experimenting with so many different hues, textures and styles all while tapping into all the major trends I’m loving. I’ve fielded a few questions about some of the pieces I was wearing so to help make it easier I’ve pulled together a guyide to help you get the look for yourself—everything is just a click away.

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What I Wore: Australian Fashion Week 2017 Day Five

18th May, 2017

After yesterday’s vibrant look I wanted to dial it right back today and opted for a sleek monochrome ensemble for my last day at Fashion Week. I love a dress in crisp white—it’s just so effortless and classic. This Stella McCartney midi dress seemed perfect for today’s show at Bondi Beach, as it has a light and airy vibe, yet its structured silhouette makes it ideal for an industry event. I wanted to keep my accessories simple so I opted for my Stella McCartney clutch with star motif and the season’s must-have shoe style, the slimline sock boot. Sometimes keeping it simple just works.

Credits: Dress, Stella McCartney (from Belinda); Boots, Balenciaga, Clutch, Stella McCartney; Sunglasses, Dion Lee

Photography: Sophia Athas